BasicMed Program presented by Dr. Fahrenholtz’s

According to the FAA, the United States has the world’s most robust general aviation community and the BasicMed rule will keep pilots safe, simplify regulations and keep general aviation flying affordable.

Until now, the FAA has required an online application and a physical exam by a FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiner but as of May 1, 2017, the FAA issued the BasicMed rule which will come as a very welcome relief to affected pilots. This has been highly touted by EAA and AOPA as it now moves the decision to your family physician.

The FAA will provide a form with recommendations that he/she will need to complete and sign. It is important to remember that BasicMed is both a huge milestone after more than 25 years and numerous attempts to reform medical certification and a stepping stone toward further evolution.

Dr. Fahrenholtz maintains a family practice in Greeley and will still provide Class 1, Class 2 AME exams for airline and commercial pilots, and initial Class 3 exams for pilots that still want them.

He is also willing and able to pursue Special issuance licenses if required by a pilots’ situation as well as the new BasicMed exam acting as their “personal physician”.

His expectation is that most pilots won’t save much money with this new program depending on physician charges for the private exam every four years. Under certain circumstances, insurance may cover it.

Every two years, on-line test results must be logged and readable copies kept with your aviation logbook. The pilot applicant must sign the checklist form stating no knowledge of a debilitating condition that would lead to unsafe piloting. However, specific criteria for passing have not been published yet. At this point, it is up to the state licensed physician who is performing the exam to state that he/she has examined the patient per the form and detected no obvious condition that, in his/her opinion, would prohibit the patient from being a safe pilot.

There are three areas mentioned that if significant would be initially disqualifying and/or require special issuance consideration. Those circumstances are cardiovascular, mental health, and neurological.

Some of the websites with information are:’

Annual Meeting

Steve Wolf presided over the annual FNL Pilots meeting, announcing the agenda as:

  • Membership
  • Finances
  • Review of the last year
  • Elect new officers and board
  • Preview for the upcoming year
  • Airport update from Jason Licon
  • Time for Q and A
  • Close meeting
  • Lunch

James Hays gave us an update of last years memberships comparing 2016 and 2017 to date.  Membership is strongly up for 2017.

Howard Abraham gave a financial report.  The Association’s bank balance is slightly higher from 2016 to 2017.

Steve stated that Association members attended Airport Commission and Colorado Aviation Board meetings to advocate support of the airport.  He is also the AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer for FNL, and keeps AOPA up to speed on airport issues.

A discussion of hanger fees was had with the decision that Steve would be more proactive on letting members know about issues on the monthly Airport Commission agendas that may interest them.

Steve stated that the website has been rebuilt in a more user friendly Word Press form. Members will probably not notice any difference but from an administrator’s end it is much easier. It has also been moved from a member’s private server to a commercial web server.

Steve announced that all officers and board members are willing to serve again. He asked for nominations from the floor, of which there were none. He called for a show of hands for voting and the current officers and board were unanimously re-elected.

James listed the upcoming events for our pilot refresher courses (fourth Thursday every month at 7pm).  These are announced to members using the MailChimp email service.

James asked if anyone from the floor had ideas for meetings and the suggestions were as follows:

  • More information on the National Airspace undergoes the largest change since WWII
  • Additional info on ADS-B
  • Could we hear from other pilot associations from around Colorado, such as Colorado Pilots Association, Angel Flight, and Civil Air Patrol.
  • Desire to arrange Summer hanger day BBQ/fly in

Upcoming issues followed by the Association officers and board include:

  • Cross wind runway
  • Remote tower (officially renamed from “blended airspace” and “virtual tower”)
  • Metroplex airspace changes
  • Roll-out of airport name change to Northern Colorado Regional Airport
  • Continued upgrade of the Association website

Jason Licon gave an update on the airport stating that:

  • They have only 6 employees to take care of 1,00 acres in regard to mowing, snow removal and crack seal.
  • On the air side, things are fantastic.
  • They have $600,000 for crack seal of the airport so he encouraged the hangar owners to coordinate with the airport if they wanted the 15 feet in front of their hanger sealed. The airport attempts to crack seal every 5 years.
  • He continues to work to make the airport more financially independent.
  • The Remote Tower project is moving forward, albeit at a slow pace.
  • He talked about the importance to the airport and state of Runway 6/24
  • FNL receives Federal funds so is required to comply with the new FAA hangar policy, requiring that an airworthy aircraft or progressing aircraft project to be in each hangar. This will be enforced by airport staff beginning in July.
  • Badges are audited every year from August to October, and must be replaced every other year. New badges will be issued this year, so if you want to update your photo let Jason know.
  • Also as a reminder, please as you go through a gate remember to wait until it closes.  Don’t let other vehicles tailgate you to get in without a badge.
  • There will be an equipment upgrade to the AWOS system early this year. The FAA is replacing and upgrading some of the electronics so there may be some outages as that happens.

Steve then opened the meeting up to questions and answers of which there were none.

Meeting was dismissed.  Everybody enjoyed the lunch catered by Nordy’s.

Paul Stoecker

Paul Stoeckler 2Paul Stoecker has always had kind of a backdoor interest in planes and flying. It was his high school math instructor that seemed to stir the coals. By using aviation in his math problems, along with the fact that Paul really enjoyed this teacher, they would chat here and there. One day out of the blue he invited Paul to go for a ride. Armed with a permission slip, Paul raced home and his mom signed it. That was all it took.

He took a few lessons and joined the same flying club as his math teacher. The runway was based on a grass strip on one of the members’ field on a farm in Illinois. There were some unique instructions when you flew on this grass strip, like when the corn grows high, you have to land towards the beans.

Growing up in east central Illinois, he started his education at St. Olaf. There he became good friends with a fellow aviation enthusiast. After two years he transferred to the University of Illinois where during summer breaks he would take flying lessons. His math instructor had a friend in the aviation department at Purdue University. He had an idea for calculating winds aloft and he wanted some calculations done, so Paul wrote a computer program and came up with a table that pilots could use to calculate their ground speed and their wind speed. The payment for this was a lesson.

As soon as he graduated he came to Loveland to work for HP. A couple of years after he got here, his division moved to Fort Collins and so did he. Due to the pressure of time and money he didn’t fly here at all until he retired.

One of the reasons he got back into flying after he retired was due to his friend from St. Olaf. By now Bruce was a retired airline captain but he kept Paul interested in flying. He would take Paul to Oshkosh with him once in a while. Since Bruce had spent a lot of time in Iowa flying corporate jobs, he was familiar with the group that raised enthusiasm for aviation.

One year the group held a contest to see who could land at the most airports in Iowa. There were 126 of them. Paul hadn’t flown for a while so Bruce flew. They took off in a Cessna 172 and spent 3 ½ days and landed at all 126 airports. Once they landed, Bruce would keep the engine running, Paul would run inside and sign the book, then he would run back to the plane and they would take off for the next airport.

Of course they won. The prize….a hand held radio.

Once Paul retired he had extra time so he started flying lessons here at the airport. He bought a Bonanza and has been flying now for about 5 years. He has been training for an instrument rating and is always open for someone to fly with so that he can continue with his instrument lessons. As he says, it takes quite a bit to stay legally current.

He enjoys woodworking, riding bicycles, and reading. He is currently turning wood to create pens and pencils.

Did you know……

Did you know:

  • That at any given time here are about 61,000 people airborne over mainland USA.
  • That air travel is the second safest public form of transportation, second only to elevators/escalators.
  • That airlines often cruise at 35,000 feet. It sounds high but compare it to the size of a globe and an airplane at that height would only be flying 1/10 of an inch above the surface.
  • That one windshield of a Boeing 747-400’s cockpit costs as much as a BMW.
  • That a plane takes off every 37 seconds at Chicago’s O’Hare International but the world’s busiest airport is Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International with 96 million passengers a year.
  • That American Airlines saved $1.2 million on fuel by switching from paper manuals to Ipads.
  • That Ryanair carries more international passengers that any other airline.
  • That the wingspan of a 747 is longer than the distance of the Wright brothers’ first flight.
  • That cabin pressure numbs 1/3 of a person’s taste buds.
  • That Lufthansa is the world’s largest purchaser of caviar, buying over 10 tons a year.
  • That Singapore Airlines spends $16 million on wine every year.
  • That in 1947 American Airlines saved $40,000 by removing one olive from each first class salad.
  • That aircraft towers need constant visibility at all times so glass in towers is angled precisely at 15° to prevent glare and reflections.
  • That the strobe lights on the wing tips of an airbus make a double flash and on a Boeing they make a single flash.
  • That Michel Lotito spent two years in the 1990’s eating a Cessna 150, including the upholstered leather seats and the tires.
  • That in the 1930s flight attendants had to be under 30 years old, weigh less than 118 pounds and be a registered nurse.

And last but not least…

  • August 25th, 2010 someone smuggled a crocodile onto a plane in a duffel bag. When it escaped, the passengers stampeded toward the cockpit which affected the weight and balance of the plane causing the pilots to lose control.

    There were two survivors and one of them was the crocodile.
    Investigators originally thought the plane crashed because it ran out of fuel. That was until the survivor explained what really happened.
    The crocodile survived the crash, but not the machetes of the local villagers.